If you like rare astronomical events and sky watching, then you might want to look up into the sky tonight. Since nearly seventy years, the full Strawberry Moon will be making a visit in our night sky, coinciding with the Summer Solstice.
But if you are expecting a pink or red moon, I hate to disappoint you. The color of the Strawberry moon is more of a honey or amber tone, but the Native American Algonquin tribes named it Strawberry Moon – which stood as a symbol in the sky for them to collect ripened fruit, like strawberries.
The Summer Solstice, or Litha, is celebrated by Pagans and Wiccans because midsummer is the most powerful day of the year for the Sun God. Around flames, rituals and festivities take place to glorify the sun. The fire drives out evil and brings prosperity. Sage, mint, and basil are burned and altars are decorated with sea shells and summer flowers.
In addition to rituals which glorify the Sun God, Pagans and Wiccans dance around bonfires, enjoy potluck-type lunches, and create crowns out of flowers. Litha is a happy, peaceful occasion which celebrates nature.
Tonight, Litha is made all the more special by the glowing Strawberry Moon.
I became interested in the different moon phases and the solstices while doing research for my Season Of The Witch book series. In book I, Winter’s Curse, Winter Rose-Thorne finds herself in quite the predicament, when she has only months to reverse a curse on her womb before her birthday on the Winter Solstice. (And this is on top of studying for school, dating, maintaining friendships, working part-time, and being the granddaughter of a High Priestess!) You could say Winter has her plate full! And this is all against a backdrop of a magical world of witches living in an enchanted forest -kept mostly separate from the humans.
So please, take a step outside tonight and bathe in the beauty of the glow from the full Strawberry Moon, because this lunar coincidence won’t happen again for decades.
A hyperborean witch chased out of her homeland…
When High Priestess Iris bets her granddaughter Winter’s womb in a broom flying contest – and loses, Winter wonders where the real danger lies: from the witch-hunters far North, or her shady grandmother?
A safe haven that is anything but…
The rival clan grants Winter a small reprieve, allowing her until her eighteenth birthday, on the Winter Solstice, to use magic to reverse the curse on her womb. Only, Winter isn’t proficient in magic, and doesn’t know where to start.
A love that defies her clan…
That’s until she meets Turmeric of the Wormwood clan. His eagerness to help her reverse the curse warms her frozen heart. Soon romantic feelings grow between the two – despite the Segregation Curse of Old, cast by elders to preserve ancient clan bloodlines.
Can Winter and Turmeric have a future together, despite the odds stacked against them? And with time running out, will Winter be able to reverse the curse on her womb, or will she remain barren?
Publishing through WIND TRAIL PUB 10/16!